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Dr. Dena Levy

Dr. Dena Levy
Associate Professor 
211C Hartwell Hall
(585) 395-5893


PhD Political Science 1996 University of Iowa
M.A. Public Policy 1991 Georgetown University
B.A. Government-Public Policy 1987 Pomona College

Teaching Philosophy:

I use two basic strategies to accomplish my goals of encouraging critical thinking and engaging students: frequent writing assignments (both in and outside of class) and active learning. Active learning provides an ideal method for reinforcing the role of the student participating in his or her own education. The side benefit to both teaching methods is that students learn valuable life skills at the same time - critical thinking, clear writing, and teamwork.

In general, good teaching involves three underlying traits: enthusiasm for subject and student, patience, and humor. Underlying all of these attributes is an appreciation for learning and an understanding that I don't cause learning, but I can facilitate it.

Courses Taught:

The American Presidency (PLS 317)
Congressional Politics (PLS 316)
American Political Systems (PLS 113)
Political Science Research Methods (PLS 303)
Campaigns and Elections (PLS 309)
Issues in American Politics (PLS 314)
Gender Politics (PLS 313)

Research Interests:

The broad focus of my research centers on individual effects in the institutional setting of a legislature. Some of the specific questions I am now working on include the effect of the increasing number of minorities and women in office on legislative output; whether institutional expectations of state legislative party leaders affect their tenure in office and the interaction of gender and electoral context on congressional campaigns.


"The Influence of African Americans on Congress: A Content Analysis of Civil Rights," with Charles Tien, Du Bois Review, 5 –1, 115 –135, 2008.

Hilary Clinton: a Biography, with Nicole Krassas, Westpoint, CT, Greenwood Press. 2007.

"Do Differences Matter? Women Members of Congress and the Hyde Amendment," with Charles Tien and Rachelle Aved, Women & Politics, 23:2002.

"Do Differences Matter? Women Members of Congress and the Hyde Amendment," with Charles Tien and Rachelle Aved, in Women and Congress: Running, Winning and Ruling, edited by Karen O'Connor, Haworth Press, 2002.

"Clinton Defeats Lazio in New York's Senate Race," with Charles Tien. In The Road to Congress 2000, edited by Sunil Ahuja and Bob Dewhirst, Wadsworth Publishing, 2002.

"Congressional Committee Simulation: An Active Learning Experience," with Andrea Ciliotta-Rubery" PS: Political Science and Politics, December 2000 (847-851).

"Schumer Defeats D'Amato in New York's Senate Race" with Charles Tien. In The Road to Congress 1998, edited by Sunil Ahuja and Bob Dewhirst, Wadsworth Publishing, 2000.

"Television Media Markets and the Competitiveness of Challengers" with Peverill Squire, Legislative Studies Quarterly, May 2000.

Review of Unorthodox Lawmaking: New Legislative Processes in the U.S. Congress by Barbara Sinclair (Washington, DC: CQ Press 1997). Congress and the Presidency, Autumn 1997.

"Correlates of Publication Success: Some AJPS Results" with Michael Lewis-Beck.
PS: Political Science and Politics, September 1993.


UUP Research Grant, 2009.
Scholarly Incentive Grant, The College at Brockport, 2009.
Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action/Diversity Leave, United University Professors, 2000-2001.
Summer Faculty/Student Research Grant, SUNY Brockport 1999.
Scholarly Incentive Grant, SUNY Brockport 1998-1999.
Faculty Development Summer Institute, University of Prince Edward Island, Summer 1998
Dirksen Congressional Research Grant, 1994.

Last Updated 2/12/15